Healthy eating on a budget

By Elizabeth Holmes on

With a little planning, you can make your money stretch the next time you’re out grocery shopping for your family. Good nutrition doesn’t have to mean paying more for groceries!

  • Review weekly store sales to plan weekly meals.
  • Buy in bulk.
  • Make food from scratch and eat in. Take-out most nights of the week can add up.
  • Cook large batches of your favourite meals and freeze the leftovers.
  • Have your children help you plant a vegetable garden. Pick your own produce and eat it right away throughout the summer. Or freeze berries and veggies for use during the winter months.
  • Buy vegetables and fruit in season. Locally grown is often cheaper and is usually fresher. Signs posted in your grocery store or market should tell you where the produce is from. Or shop at a local farmers market.
  • Pick your own – a trip your family can do together and a great way to teach your kids about where their food is grown.
  • Buy frozen veggies instead of fresh when they aren’t in season.

September in Canada is a great time for fresh veggies and fruit. Check our Half Your Plate for their feature on how many vegetables and fruit you can buy for $10 and more tips on affordable produce